Our founder Paul never dreamed he would enter the medical alert system business. But one day, he realized that the grandmother who had so lovingly raised him was not quite as she used to be. “I was no longer the mischievous little boy who played baseball in her dining room,” Paul explained. “But Nana couldn’t chase me out of there anymore either.”
Paul's grandma, like so many of our grandparents and parents, was of sound mind and body. ”She was as spry as can be,” laughed Paul. ”She had never fallen. But I worried just the same that there might come a time when she would need me and I was not there.”
Paul, an engineer by training and a tinkerer at heart, started to sketch out a walkie-talkie like device that his grandmother could use to call him quickly. "I wanted it to be incredibly easy simple, he emphasized. "Almost like a prayer." He also wanted his emergency medical alarm button to be nearly foolproof first alert: "I knew how reliable grounded phone lines were. Even when I lost power, my phone usually worked.
After weeks of tireless effort, Paul unveiled what is known today as the POM—Peace Of Mind—Personal Emergency Response System. At the push of a medical alert bracelet, Paul’s grandmother could reach anyone she needed: her neighbors, Paul, his parents—even 911 services. Soon, Paul could not make POMs quickly enough to keep up with the growing demand.
We are proud to serve people like Paul, his parents, and their parents. Alert1 is not just a medical alert company. Unlike Philips Lifeline® or Life Alert®, we are not another medical alarm shop for seniors who have “fallen and can’t get up”®. We help you get up on your feet again, so that you can live strong and free.